The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Kayode Fayemi, has called on Nigerian youths, particularly graduates of tertiary institutions, to stop blaming the government and others for their challenges.
Fayemi gave this advise while delivering the 2016 convocation lecture of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) yesterday titled “Building a successor-generation: Reflections on values and knowledge in nation building.”
The minister, who recalled how he had to engage in taxi driving to earn a living during his postgraduate days in the United Kingdom advised the Nigerian youths to work hard to achieve their goals instead of waiting for the government or individuals, who he said owed them nothing.
“Quit whining – no one owes you anything. The earlier we realise that no one owes us anything, the better for us and the more prepared we would be to face life’s challenges,” said the minister.
“Don’t think you are entitled to a job, just because of your parents’ influence or what they have or your good grades.
“The only guarantee you have in this life is what you do for yourself with the grace God bestowed on us all.
“You have to be prepared to bend backwards and do what you might consider to be beneath you, because of the bigger picture.”
The minister said that years of abandon of other vital sectors of the economy by past government is what is making it seem like the Buhari-led government doesn’t take education seriously. He said the government is trying to strike a balance between the education sector and the other comatose sector of the economy.
“Education is mostly done at the state level. So if you calculate what is given to education at the federal level, you must consider what the states are also contributing.
“Yes, it is inadequate but that is within the resources available.
“We need to ensure we provide good health facilities while also ensuring that we provide education needs. I can assure you that this government is dedicated to improving the lot of our people as far as education is concerned,” he said.